Editor's Note: We asked several scientists from various fields what they thought were the greatest mysteries today, and then we added a few that were on our minds, too. This article is one of 15 in LiveScience's "Greatest Mysteries" series running each weekday.From bizarre butterfly spots to rainbow-colored lizards to adaptations that allow squirrels and even snakes to "fly," physical innovations in the natural world can be mind-boggling.Natural selection is accepted by scientists as the main engine driving the array of organisms and their complex features. But is evolution via natural selection the only explanation for complex organisms?"I think one of the greatest mysteries in biology at the moment is whether natural selection is the only process capable of generating organismal complexity," said Massimo Pigliucci of the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University in New York, "or whether there are other properties of matter that also come into play. I suspect the … [Read more...] about Greatest Mysteries: What Drives Evolution?
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On Wednesday, German telecom giant Deutsche Telekom announced that Germany's first 5G network was operational for customers in Bonn and Berlin, albeit with limited coverage. Deutsche Telekom also began selling the first 5G-compatible Samsung Galaxy S10 phones in Germany on Wednesday for around €900 ($1,000), along with unlimited data packets starting at €85 monthly. Ultra-fast 5G data networks can transfer data at 1,000 times faster than current 4G networks. They are designed for use by self-driving cars, connected factories and smart cities. Read more: Berlin plans to go hyperdigital Deutsche Telekom said that the construction of 5G network infrastructure would continue in Berlin and Bonn, followed by Hamburg, Munich, Darmstadt and Leipzig. By the end of 2020, the company said 5G networks should be operational in Germany's 20 largest cities. The announcement comes three weeks after Deutsche Telekom emerged as the highest bidder in a 5G … [Read more...] about Germany’s first 5G network launched by Deutsche Telekom
China plans to roll out 6G networks in 2030 and the new technology is expected to be up to 100 times faster than 5G, the country's leading telecommunication expert has revealed. Beijing this month kick-started the research and development of the next-generation mobile internet connection. The state-led initiatives were launched just days after superfast 5G networks became available to Chinese citizens. Web users in China can begin enjoying 6G networks in about 10 years, according to a 6G researcher. Beijing this month kick-started the research and development of the technology RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Meet the monkey 'with a human face': 19-year-old primate... 'This could be Tiananmen 2.0': Fears police will KILL Hong... Spectacular footage shows the extraordinary views of a... Crying Hong Kong mother kneels on the ground begging police... Share this article Share '6G will largely enter commercial stage at around 2030. [This] … [Read more...] about China ‘plans to roll out 6G networks in 2030’ and the new technology will be ‘100 TIMES faster than 5G’
Robots are mastering the most spectacular tasks; their human colleagues are wearing VR headsets and using data gloves to make sure that the 3D printer produces the right part just in time — all of that may be fascinating, but doesn't really steal the show anymore at the world's biggest industrial fair, Hannover Messe in Germany. It's the same images all over again, but maybe the most important things are invisible. While the exhibition halls in Hanover haven't changed that much, the technology on display has been brought up to date. The motto of this year's show is "Integrated Industry — Industrial Intelligence." So, what it's all about is the advance of artificial intelligence (AI) and complex facilities that maintain themselves or at least report about any glitches. Smart and fast "Over the past five to six years we've worked to become the lead fair for Industry 4.0, that is for fully integrated plants," said Jochen Köckler, head of the Deutsche Messe … [Read more...] about Hanover fair: No industrial revolution without 5G
The Green Party has launched its 2019 election manifesto, called If Not Now, When? It sets out the polices the party aims to introduce should it win the election.The full document, available here, sets out a "Green New Deal" - proposing measures from replacing fossil fuels to insulating houses and investing in cycle paths. Set binding targets for a zero carbon economyGreenhouse gas emissions would be cut to zero, under plans to tackle climate change. By Roger Harrabin, BBC environment and energy analystAll major parties promise strong action on the climate, but the Greens are the most radical by far.The Conservatives, for instance, passed a law obliging the UK to halt virtually all greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This monumental task would reshape the economy and affect many people. The Liberal Democrats are even more ambitious, with a 2045 target.But the Greens go even further. They say emissions must be eliminated by 2030 - and they will spend £100bn a year on the task. It … [Read more...] about Green Party manifesto: The key policies explained